Canadian Mental Health Association applauds allocation of $110 million by Federal Government to Mental Health Commission of CANADA

    OTTAWA, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - The Canadian Mental Health Association applauds
yesterday's Budget announcement by the Federal Government that $110 million
has been promised to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) for
research projects to help Canadians with mental illness who are homeless. A
high percentage of homeless people in Canada have mental health problems.
    "The funding that has been allocated to the MHCC to fulfill its mandate
and support projects aimed at improving the lives of people living with mental
illness is a great step forward," says Dr. Taylor Alexander, CEO, National
CMHA. "But, there is still much work to be done; homelessness and lack of
affordable housing are primary issues that deeply affect many people with
mental health problems."
    The MHCC announced it will set up five demonstration research projects
across Canada with the new money announced in yesterday's Federal Budget. CMHA
firmly endorses the Commission's development of a national mental health
strategy, as well as its efforts both to reduce the stigmatization of mental
illness and eliminate the discrimination that many people living with mental
health problems and illnesses face on a daily basis.
    "CMHA has strongly supported the work of the Commission since its launch
last year, and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship
with Commission Board, Committees and Staff," says Alexander.

    About CMHA

    The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of
the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, it provides direct
service to more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more
than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 135 communities. As a
nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association
promotes the mental health of all Canadians and supports the resilience and
recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this
mission through advocacy, education, research and service delivery.

For further information:

For further information: Kismet Baun, Communications Officer, Canadian
Mental Health Association, Toronto (416) 977-5580, ext. 4141,

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